Friday, 22 August 2014

Help Me!

Dear all of you,

My entry on Tallenge, Earth's Largest Talent Platform is right underneath here.
"In Scarlet Water" - http://tlng.me/1wgMxX4

Do take a look and vote for it if you think it deserves to win, when you have time, obviously (but preferably before September 12). You don't have to log in or sign up or anything, so it only takes around a few minutes! Please share it around, even if you're not interested! ^-^

Essentially, it's an entry for a short story competition. The winner will get opportunities for publishing online and it's a huge opportunity for me to take my writing further. :c

And here's the summary:

"There is a certain power in self-sacrifice."

My name is Lily Hooper, and I've never fit in anywhere. That is, to say, I've never fit in at home. I haven't even had a proper home. An asylum, a mansion... those aren't homes, are they? But finally, I've settled in; a new life, new friends, new parents... and I've left my life in London behind. The childhood I'd never had is the past, now, and I'm fine. I'm okay. Nobody will ever find me here.

Thanks a million, and it would mean the world to me,
Sarah <3

Sunday, 3 August 2014

A Book Ad (That sounds really snobby but...)

Hello, Internet, and people I know who are still reading this blog.

Hahaha! Finally. I'm getting my writing to shape up. I actually think this could be the beginning of something. Anyways, this post is just here to share my novel with you people. Oh yeah. And to tell you a little about Wattpad.
Wattpad is this amazing site for readers and writers of all ages and genres who are interested in reading things that people around this small earth write; and not only the famous people. It's an amazing site, really. I first developed my insane love for writing towards the end of seventh grade, and it has totally changed my life (don't worry, I'm not going to go all philosophical). So, last year, people were telling me about Wattpad and I did my research on it and found out it's a totally cc website that helps you to protect your writing online and where it's the perfect place to make your writing better and to see and hear what people think about what you write. If you love to write, like me, it's recommended.

It has been remarkable to hear what people think about my novel Cliffton, the first of a medieval fantasy trilogy and what I'm going to share with you people out there today. I have been considering actually getting it out there (meaning publishing), and will probably grasp the opportunity when it comes. :) Enough of my ranting. Tell me what you think!




❝Oɴᴄᴇ ᴜᴘᴏɴ ᴀ ᴛɪᴍᴇ, ᴀɴ ɪɴɴᴏᴄᴇɴᴛ ʟɪᴛᴛʟᴇ ɢɪʀʟ ᴡᴀᴛᴄʜᴇᴅ ʜᴇʀ ʙʀᴏᴛʜᴇʀ ᴅɪᴇ.❞

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Winter dawns on the small kingdom of Guildenstar. The air is cold, the landscape is a sparkling white. Everything seems peaceful, everyone seems happy. But this is not to last. Meanwhile, in the castle, problems are rising. A certain Lord plots to uphold his power. Guildenstar's currency is failing. The royal family are at risk of losing everything they have and love. Unaware of all this, Elizabeth Dain lives a carefree life, disobeying the regulations the Lord of the castle lays down upon her shoulders. 
But as her 'turning' name-day grows ever closer, things around her begin to change. Her family is being unusual. Her father is nice to her. And although this is something she should enjoy, Elizabeth becomes more and more suspicious. What are they hiding from her? Why is it so important? What she doesn't have any idea about is that her knowing this information will turn the tables of her life over- for ever.

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❝Aɴᴅ ᴊᴜsᴛ ʟɪᴋᴇ ᴛʜᴀᴛ, sʜᴇ ᴛᴀᴜɢʜᴛ ʜᴇʀsᴇʟғ ᴛʜᴇ ʀᴜʟᴇs ᴏғ ᴄʜᴇss.❞

Watch the book trailer above!





If you're interested in reading it, go here:

Thanks a lot for reading this post! :)








Wednesday, 11 June 2014

The Merchant of Venice

You may want to read this little intro:
[Right, before I put my review of this play forwards, I will make some things clear. One, I'm not a Jew. I was baptised Chrisitan, but am an aethist. (Feeling confused? ^-^) I did not give this play 5 stars because of the anti-semitism. I respect all religions and the people who follow them as long as they don't try to influence me. Lastly, this play is confusing. It's hard to decide whether Shakespeare was against or for the prejudice of the time.]


❝Hᴀᴛʜ ɴᴏᴛ ᴀ Jᴇᴡ ᴇʏᴇs? Hᴀᴛʜ ɴᴏᴛ ᴀ Jᴇᴡ ʜᴀɴᴅs, ᴏʀɢᴀɴs, ᴅɪᴍᴇɴsɪᴏɴs? Sᴇɴsᴇs, ᴀғғᴇᴄᴛɪᴏɴs, ᴘᴀssɪᴏɴs? Iғ ʏᴏᴜ ᴘʀɪᴄᴋ ᴜs ᴅᴏ ᴡᴇ ɴᴏᴛ ʙʟᴇᴇᴅ? Iғ ʏᴏᴜ ᴘᴏɪsᴏɴ ᴜs, ᴅᴏ ᴡᴇ ɴᴏᴛ ᴅɪᴇ? Aɴᴅ ɪғ ʏᴏᴜ ᴡʀᴏɴɢ ᴜs, sʜᴀʟʟ ᴡᴇ ɴᴏᴛ ʀᴇᴠᴇɴɢᴇ? Iғ ᴀ Jᴇᴡ ᴡʀᴏɴɢ ᴀ Cʜʀɪsᴛɪᴀɴ, ᴡʜᴀᴛ ɪs ʜɪs ʜᴜᴍɪʟɪᴛʏ? Wʜʏ, ʀᴇᴠᴇɴɢᴇ!❞



A play by William Shakespeare
A review brought to you by ѕαяαн {24601}


[My Rating] 4.5 stars Really, really liked it/It was amazing
[Goodreads' Average Rating] 3.75 Stars Liked it/really liked it
[Would I read this again?] Yes
[Genre] Shakespearean Comedy


The Merchant of Venice is a play by English playwright William Shakespeare, set in the Italian port of Venice. Highly centred around the anti-Semitic attitudes of the time, the play illustrates the story of conflict between Antonio, a Christian merchant, and Shylock the Jew. 
Before I continue, I should start off with a bit of historic explaining.

The Merchant of Venice was believed to be written between the years of 1596 and 1598 in Renaissance England. At the time, there would not have been a Jew in England. The people and citizens of England would have been Christians or nothing else, for if they should be Atheist or non-Christian. it was something that could admittedly be punishable by death. One of the few places where Jews could live was in the rich Italian port of Venice, where they were given jobs and the right to live, hence the setting of the play. However, Jews were forced to live in Ghettos and the jobs they were given were to be the equivalent of the modern day bank. They would lend out money to people who needed it and could charge interest if they wished to. It was against a Christian's guidelines to ask for interest when they lent something, and so the Jews of Venice were amongst the few who could. 

It starts off with our merchant feeling sad. Antonio doesn't know why his mood is so downcast, and his friends (Gratiano, Solarino, Bassanio, Lorenzo) attempt to cheer him up. Bassanio, Antonio's best friend, is left alone with the merchant of Venice, and confesses to Antonio that he has spent all of the money that was lent to him, and asks for Antonio's help. For Bassanio needs to be dressed in rich garments should he wish to try his fortune out in Belmont, the fortress built on the outskirts of Venice. There lives the fair Portia, who is bound to her fate by a dead father's will. She lives in near-solitude, and confides everything to Nerissa, her servant and trusted friend.
Portia is in a difficult situation. Many men have come to court her and to try to find the answer to the riddle that will then gain the man her hand in marriage. Portia wishes to leave Belmont and find her own husband, but she is loyal to her dead father and his wishes, and feels bound to this. The rite through which every one of Portia's courters must go through is named "the choosing of the caskets." There are three caskets. One of Gold, which says, "Who chooseth me shall gain what many men desire." The other is of silver, which tells "Who chooseth me shall get as much as he deserves." And the last is of lead, which reads, "Who chooseth me must give and hazard all he hath." 

So here comes the young Bassanio in need of money. Alas, Antonio has none to give, for all his merchandise is out at sea, on ships laden with silks and riches and bound of trading ports. But he knows just the man to go to. Shylock the Jew, the moneylender that the Christians all despise. Upon their meeting, Shylock mocks the demand from Antonio. Three thousand ducats is what Bassanio needs. Shylock responds: "Well then, it now appears you need my help:
Go to, then; you come to me, and you say
'Shylock, we would have moneys:' you say so;
You, that did void your rheum upon my beard
And foot me as you spurn a stranger cur
Over your threshold: moneys is your suit
What should I say to you? Should I not say
'Hath a dog money? is it possible
A cur can lend three thousand ducats?' Or
Shall I bend low and in a bondman's key,
With bated breath and whispering humbleness, Say this;
'Fair sir, you spit on me on Wednesday last;
You spurn'd me such a day; another time
You call'd me dog; and for these courtesies
I'll lend you thus much moneys'?"
Eventually he accepts to lend the ducats to Antonio, but on one condition. Shylock doesn't want any profit. If the sum is not returned in 3 month's time, Shylock wishes to have a pound of flesh carved from Antonio's chest, nearest to the heart, knowing that the blood loss from such a wound would kill the Christian. 

Meanwhile, in Belmont, the Prince of Morocco chooses the gold casket, reflecting his wealth, arrogance and belief that status means everything, and in return is rewarded with a skull with a message through the eye socket. "All that glitters is not gold," is its message. With a broken heart, Morocco leaves Belmont. Next comes the Prince of Aragon, who chooses silver. His vanity deceives him- and he departs for a different destination with head bent low, feeling twice the fool he was than when he first arrived.
Finally, we see Bassanio enter Belmont. After spending a few hours talking with Portia, the two of them have fallen in love with one another, and Portia fears that he will choose wrong and leave her heartbroken. Of course, though, Bassanio chooses the lead casket, and picks up the portrait of his lover, and thus ensuring the marriage between the two. On the day of their wedding, Nerissa also marries Gratiano. 

Things are not going well back in Venice. Shylock has lost his daughter and his money; Jessica, who has run away with her lover Lorenzo, along with over three-thousand ducats to Belmont. Grievous, Shylock must only hope that Antonio's ships sink. Rumours spread that three of Antonio's ships have crashed against boulders, smashed to pieces and dragging down with them unfortunate sailors. 

The law calls forth and Antonio and Shylock are summed to court. Bound by law and the security of Venice's reputation, the Duke of Venice can only try to persuade Shylock to show mercy and take six thousand ducats- or more, home with him to compensate for the late return of the bargained three-thousand ducats and to save Antonio's life. Shylock, however, refuses to give in, and in stride the fair Portia and Nerissa, both disguised- one as a doctor; the other his apprentice. 
Portia tells Shylock what he would lose should he take Antonio's life, and after some talking and harassment, Shylock gives in. For Portia declares that upon this bond it states that Shylock must take a pound of flesh exactly- nothing more, nothing less and that not one drop of Christian blood may be spilt in the cutting. 

But they will not let Shylock go. Forced into a deep shame, he is stripped of his possessions and beliefs, and forced to convert to a Christian. Stripped of his faith. His faith.


This play was truly moving and superbly written. The plot was great, the characters were great. READ IT.

Friday, 16 May 2014

The art of Christopher Paolini


It began with Eragon...
                  
                        ... It ends with Inheritance

There was a time, when Alagaësia was ruled with justice and peace coursed through the veins of the cities. All races, magic or not, lived in harmony. Elves, urgals, dwarves, humans. It was a time when the land flourished with greatness and there was little war. It was a time of Dragon Riders. The riders were known all over the land as the 13 forsworn. But peace does not last, especially with humans. Humans tend to want power. And war broke out in Alagaësia, for the first time in years. One of the Riders, who goes by the name of Galbatorix, betrayed his own kind. He turned against the riders, and, with a few other companions, defeated the riders, and claimed the throne. Since then, Alagaësia has been ruled in times of darkness and sorrow.

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Eragon, not so long ago, was a poor farm boy working hard to earn a living in the rural area of Carvahall, a town bordered by the Spine, a line of treacherous woods and mountains. But his simple life turned around to what he believed was impossible.

A boy of 17, named Eragon, goes hunting in the spine, hoping to shoot at least one deer to feed his Uncle Garrow and cousin Roran, with whom he lives.
Meanwhile, an elf that goes by the name of Arya rides for her life, accompanied by two elven soldiers and clutching a blue stone, stolen from the king himself. Cornered by Durza, one of the king's most powerful weapon, Arya tries to save herself. But she is no match for Durza, who was once a human, but is now possessed by demonic spirits. He is a Shade, a powerful spellcaster. But before she is captured, the elf composes a spell to send the stone far, far away. After that Arya is subject to inhuman torture in Gil'ead.
Flash. Eragon tries to embed an arrow into the doe he has been stalking quietly in one last futile attempt before it bolts. A blinding flash of light illuminates the forest. Curious, Eragon discovers the source of the light, and in doing so, finds the stone. It is a glimmering sapphire blue color, with light vein patterns coursing on the outside. It is smooth and refined, polished, and it gleams in the moonlight. Excited, Eragon brings the stone to Sloan, the town butcher, in exchange for some meat, but Sloan refuses after he guesses it belongs to the king.
Ergaon goes home and, the next morning, the stone -or should I say- egg hatches to reveal a large, shiny blue lizard, with wings and spikes that run horizontally down its spine. Over the next days, Eragon learns that the creature's name is Saphira, and she is a dragon, and he her rider. The moment he touches her, Eragon recieves a mark on his palm, called a Gedwëy Ignasia. They are bonded for life. Thus begins a time of minor hope, war, and fear throughout the land of Alagaësia. 

One night, Carvahall is attacked and raided by an inhuman species, called the Ra'zac, that have been controlled by Durza to do his bidding. They are black and deadly, and the offspring from the Letharblaka, the adult version. They hatch from eggs. One cut from a Ra'zac's blade or claw, and you are certain to die. Durza and Galbatorix, the cruel ruler of Alagaësia, sense the hatching of the egg and set the Ra'zac out to find and kill Eragon or bring him to the king. 
So Saphira, in an attempt to save Eragon, flies out with him and keeps him close, hidden in the spine throughout the night. Eragon runs away from her and blames her for his Uncle's death, the only family he has apart from Roran, who left to go and marry Sloan's daughter, kind-hearted Katrina. They both survive the Ra'zac's attack. Eragon shouts at Saphira with both his mind and voice, telling her never to come back. Saphira communicates with him by mind, and flies off in rage. She is a very vain dragon, being the last female of her kind. 

Brom, the storyteller of Carvahall, who was, like Galbatorix, a rider in the old days, fled from Carvahall, taking Eragon with him. Eragon was not pleased, but soon he figured out it was for his own good. He called Saphira back with his mind, and asked her to forgive him, which she gratefully did. Together the trio set out for the Beor mountains, where the surviving outcast rebels that fought against Galbatorix's rise to power lived. These folk were known as the Varden, and lived under high security measures, in a region that Galbatorix himself could not precisely pinpoint, even though he was the most powerful magician in Alagaësia. 
Soon, though, Durza managed to retrieve from Arya the information he needed- where she had sent the egg, and to whom it hatched. The King ordered the Shade to prevent Eragon to ever get to the Varden, for he knew that if the Varden or their leader, King Ajihad, knew that a new rider had come to be, they would be hopeful and might wage war against the Empire. 

Eragon could hear Arya in his dreams. He learned her name and that she was being held captive in Gil'ead. And so, although Brom thought it foolish of him, he agreed that they go to Gil'ead, to free Arya. It is a long journey already to the Varden, and an even longer one now that Eragon has chosen to put them off course. Along the way, Brom teaches Eragon how to sparr properly, and also a few words of the Ancient Language, which ties in with magic. Eragon learns the importance of magic, and that it is dangerous, as spells, to function need energy that comes from the spellcaster, and that as a rider, he is entitled to use magic, the gift given to him the moment he touched Saphira. Also, signs that the hunt for Eragon has begun is evident. Urgals raiding villages and killing all who comes across their path. It was a sure sign that Galbatorix knew about recent events. 
Once in Gil'ead, Eragon goes into the fortress, underneath a hooded cape, to obscure his face, as Saphira watches from a large distance, hidden from view in the shadow of rocks and boulders, ready to fly to Eragon, should he need help.
Eragon looks for Arya and manages to set her free from her bonds. But she is not pleased to see him. As Brom had said, Arya was willing to give up her own life so Eragon could make his way safely to the Varden. Before getting out from underground, they encounter Durza briefly, and he tries to kill them. They manage to get out of Gil'ead and back onto their planned route in the forest, but not without being attacked by guards and soldiers as they attempted to flee. They were helped by Saphira, Brom and another man, who was an archer and has dark hair. His name is Murtagh.





Roran and his troops prepare to besiege the capital of Uru'baen. Meanwhile, Eragon, his dragon Saphira and Glaedr (in eldunari form)   the golden dragon, fly to Vroengard Island from the Varden’s camp to find a secret weapon in the ‘Vault of Souls’, as directed by Solembum, Angela’s werecat. This will be their only hope in defeating Galbatorix and his dragon, Shruikan, and the dozens of Eldunari of dead dragons.  Eragon returns in time to help his cousin Roran in taking down Ur’ubaen, coming back with the Knowledge of his and Saphira’s true names, and with 26 dragon eggs and about 100
Eldunarí. Although the eggs will not hatch in time to see galbatorix’s defeat, the eldunari wil do anything in their power. 



The final battle fought in  Alagaësia will be the golden story to be passed around the land for many centuries to come, but that is the future, and now is now. Now, a shining new era will begin in Alagaësia, an era of rebuilding, and shaping the war-ridden land. But it will also be a new beginning, a time of justice, hope, and freedom. But also a time of peace, when all races - whether they are magical or not, whether they are Urgals or Kull, Elves or Dwarves or Humans, will live in harmony throughout the land of Alagaësia. Hope, and do not fear, for...

... The time of the Dragon Riders has come again.

Sea Foam

I haven't posted here in ages... :/ Okay, here's a short story I wrote. Try and figure out the hidden meaning behind it... It's one of those I-get-an-idea-and-just-have-to-get-it-out-of-my-weird-brain ideas. Anyways, i hope you enjoy it! Leave comments below, too, if you're up for it!
P.S: Wattpad link is here: http://www.wattpad.com/48786932-collection-of-short-stories-and-poetry-the-merman

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He was there, a shimmering figure that moved and talked in a strange, seductive language, with penetrating azure eyes that were rimmed with heavy, dark lashes. And they all watched as if he were a deity, something to be praised and yet he was looked down upon, and from all angles they observed his movements.

There were scientists, politicians, doctors, lawyers, cleaners, waiters, serving-girls and mothers; fathers, sons, daughters and babies, and a good amount of furry plush toys belonging to the children. Those who had graduated from a good university and gotten a well-paid job looked on this specimen, analysing him- the curve of his torso, the formation of his queer legs, the slits at his throat, and with tubes they measured the amount of carbon dioxide, oxygen, hydrogen and nitrogen present in the bubbles which escaped from his mouth.
The limewater turned milky, yes, but the glowing splint burned out and they conducted further tests, stuck him with sensors to re-trace his movements, pioneered a minute camera down his throat for the tiny thing to be engulfed by the peristaltic waves of his muscles as he swallowed.

He was the embodiment of futuristic sciences that were well beyond their reach: or so they thought. He was something that so many had heard of but never believed in- for to all they were naught but pictures and words in a child's story. And all the knowledge these scientists, doctors and politicians held combined together- a hundred or so were attempting to solve this puzzle- could not help them give a rational explanation for the simple- being of this- this creature. This hybrid, this monster.

Contrary to their elders, the children marvelled at the sight of him. The teenage girls swooned at the sight of his muscular torso, but toon reclined as their eyes swept over his lower half. The younger ones, however, danced around him, thinking if such was possible, then all their dreams of unicorns and faeries and other magical beings were real. That this man was the open door to the ultimate faith in their fantasies. Some, for instance, boldly announced to their parents that they would have to quit school for Peter Pan was to soon take them to Neverland; and there they would stay and never need worry about anything related to growing up ever again. Others claimed that by the morn of the first of September they would be in one of London's black taxis on their way to King's Cross station with a Snowy owl perched on their left forearms, with a signed acceptance letter tucked up, folded neatly in a breast pocket.

But all their mothers in the white laboratory coats simply told them it was nonsense. And they all bent befuddled over the railing as they injected anaesthesia into his blood system and, with stopwatches, they measured the time it would take until his movements stilled, and until he hovered there, like a broken marionette- head hung low, strings snapped; a shimmering doll of incomprehensible manner and stuck full of tubes and wires. They calculated the exact time- it was around seven minutes and three-quarters of a minute until he stopped swimming- or for that matter- until her stopped thrashing about and hissing. He beheld a set of jagged teeth behind full, silken lips, which under normal circumstances appeared humanoid- white teeth; flat, normal. But he had crossed the line and pushed too far; through the sea foam that obscured most of his body from above, one could see his wide, electric-blue eyes rolling as he tried to escape from these strange people.

But he had no chance of standing up to these strangers- for they did not understand him; and he had already achieved the feat of scaring them. Fear- yes, fear. It seemed to be his only option- and yet it could not save him.

For they were too rash in decisions, too quick to think, too trusty in their devices that they did not even barely graze the surface of their attempts at comprehending what they had never seen before. The superior race, they called themselves; top of the food chain, dictators of the world, and they denied all which could destroy them as a population.

They would never comprehend, he thought, as he felt his consciousness slowly drifting away, as his eyelids began to close over the goggling, demented faces visible behind the meter-thick glass.

Thursday, 6 March 2014

Poetry Workshop with Ray Mather

Hello again! I feel like it's been a long time since I've actually posted anything... :/

Anyways, I got chosen to do a poetry workshop with Ray Mather, a published author and retired Drama teacher. He's a REALLY nice man and I think the opportunity of the workshop was great. I think I learned more on poetry and weaving in literary features in a poem... Alliteration, Metaphors, Similes, Signs&Symbols, list of 3...

So anyways, here's my poem. (I don't generally write poetry, so... *coughs*)

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The Superbug




The world is webbed with the strands of a black veil.
I don’t see. I don’t listen. 
No light filters through the dust to find me.
Desolation. 
Forfeited hopes... 
Once in the clouds
I have 
tumbled 
from the highest precipice.

Spiderwebs entangle my mind,
Strangle my voice, 
seal my mouth with wax,
As one would do with a letter of importance.
Seal it so that it may look harmless.
So that it may not distribute 
its secrets 
from eyes of stupidity.

My lips will be sealed then,
Smiles as false as the beauty of Circe
Will pull the corners of my mouth.
‘Fie! fie!’ They say. ‘You are a Janus.’

I am Stromboli’s little Marionette.
And time shall bring what only time may bring...
Desolation. 
Forfeited hopes.
Once he is gone, I shall be on my own,
To wander the streets by moonlight underneath the rain,
To trip upon the cobblestones
And lie there in the dark
With no hand to pull me back to my feet.
The auburn flames that once 
trickled 
down the mountainsides
Of passion

Will become no more than dying embers
And yet the scars on the landscapes of my heart will remain.
The charred arteries, flesh burned to a
third degree
Throbbing... 
Pulsing. 
Never-ending.

A superbug, they call it.
They say it can’t be cured,
Just as a Bishop on a board can’t be cured of its gloom,
Its upturned mouth. 

O, how I long to let that wax melt and bubble!
Under those auburn flames
So that my mouth may give way to speech

But all I can do now 
Is to sit here and cross my fingers
And simply hope
for his survival
That the bug will not 
rip 
his soul
Like a wind tears ash from 
devoured wood
To scatter it into the wide, 
Wide world.

For it to settle upon an endless prairie,
Lush and green, where 
little blue forget-me-nots
Poke through the soil in spring

To outline his body and let it 
rest 
forevermore

Within their embrace, where he will lie
Cold as he once was warm in my arms,
Warmed and cooled 
by the same summer and winter
As I am, and as I always will be.

But for now,
Let the trees weep their red loss with me

But it will return for them,
And not for me- for if he departs,
I shall never see the 
light again,
For there is 
darkness 
always.

And I will wander the streets alone at night,
Under the rain, all on my own.
Desolated, 

with a fading hope.
~ ©Sarahgaier2014